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#2652208 '16-'17 The Joe's Farewell Season

Posted by Barrie on 12 February 2016 - 11:24 AM

I've been to JLA over 100 times now and while I'm excited for the new building, I don't think any rink in hockey sans the ORIGINAL Original 6 venues will ever compare to the atmosphere of the Joe.


I've been to a number of sporting events, it's the loudest arena/stadium I've been to.

#2651817 Dennis Wideman Suspended 20 Games

Posted by Barrie on 10 February 2016 - 12:16 PM

Wideman better not win an appeal, or else it'll be open season on the officials. Other players will take out their frustrations on them and say, "Oh, I was concussed". Expect the Union that represents the officials backlash if Wideman wins an appeal. I thought he should have miss the rest of the season.

Really. I was hoping for 40. I think the fact that the linesman wasn't injures is a miracle of so sort. Players get get from less than that hit. That red had no expectation of being hit like that. I was hoping for 40 but would not have complained had he been kicked out of the league.


I agree, I don't care if Wideman was concussed or not, there's no excuse to hit an official.

#2649259 1/20 GDT : St. Louis Blues at Red Wings, 8:00 EST

Posted by Barrie on 20 January 2016 - 09:59 PM

Tkachuk is the NHL's answer to Eric Cartman.



#2649249 1/20 GDT : St. Louis Blues at Red Wings, 8:00 EST

Posted by Barrie on 20 January 2016 - 09:39 PM

I knew Tkachuk was fat, but not that fat!

#2647726 Going to the Joe. Best place to sit at the Joe?

Posted by Barrie on 13 January 2016 - 03:59 PM



I've only been to the Joe twice in my life, had seats in the upper bowl both times and loved it.  There really isn't a bad seat in that arena and the atmosphere is electric.  The fans are really into it.  


As someone who went from watching games at the Civic Arena to Consol Energy Center, I can tell you that while the new arena is all new, clean and modern it can't hold a candle to the old barn.  History, tradition and experience can't be replaced.  I will seriously shed a tear when they tear it down, so enjoy it while you can.


Something I've been wondering, is how I'll act when I exit the arena for the last time next season. I won't cry, I'm not that kind of guy, but I know I'll be choked up, savor the moment, and even say "goodbye". As much as I miss Tiger Stadium, I'll miss The Joe a lot more. It's only been since the Tigers moved to Comerica Park that they've been good, so the thing I miss most about Tigers Stadium is walking out from the dark concession area and seeing all the colors, the green grass, brown dirt, orange and blue seats, and green grass. The Joe, it's watching Yzerman, Shanahan, McCarty, Fedorov, Ozzie, Datsyuk, Zetterberg, Lidstrom, etc, how loud the crowd gets, the red seats, Bud Lynch's voice, and a lot more. The Joe had it all! We're very lucky as fans to have our team and the arena.


Probably the best environment that I've been to is in Vancouver. Can't beat the environment in Canada. 



Let us know how we compare to a Canadian city. I'm curious.

#2647582 Miller Out With Lower Body Injury

Posted by Barrie on 12 January 2016 - 10:16 AM

I always enjoy a good conspiracy theory, but if anyone is going to be out for a month so we can have cap relief, it wouldn't be our best penalty killer.

#2647336 Red Wings at the Halfway Point

Posted by Barrie on 11 January 2016 - 11:57 AM

I'm happy. There's still a long way to go, but I laughed at the preseason picks saying we weren't going to make the playoffs. We added Richards and Green to the team, didn't lose any major names, and most of our players are on the upswing of their careers, who are learning from Champions like Datsyuk, Zetterberg, and Kronwall. 2nd place in the Division at this point was a realistic goal. Who knew Florida would be in 1st place?


I wish we were scoring more goals, we've allowed 3 more goals then we've scored. With a stat like that, we could be 5th, but hopefully the 2nd half things will change. Winning 1 goal games is good training for the playoffs, but we're playing with fire in the regular season.

#2647309 Jakub Kindl waived

Posted by Barrie on 11 January 2016 - 08:32 AM

Miller took one for the team?

#2646185 America's Team?

Posted by Barrie on 05 January 2016 - 10:34 AM

I would guess the Red Wings have the biggest fan base in the NHL, due to our playoff streak, 4 Championships since 1997, and the number of Europeans on the team. Our players are very likable too, they don't play dirty or whine.

Edit: I'll add, the low ratings for the Winter Classic was probably due to overkill.


Posted by Barrie on 03 January 2016 - 09:56 AM

I'm not a good Canadian, I find it more entertaining when Canada loses. It makes for much better sports talk radio :lol:

#2645135 Goalie Battle

Posted by Barrie on 30 December 2015 - 10:49 AM

I felt bad for Howard last night. I don't think he had a chance on 3 of those goals. We need Howard to shake his last 2 starts off, because we're still not sure if Mrazek can handle the number of games a #1 goalie plays.

#2645134 Bravo, Smitty

Posted by Barrie on 30 December 2015 - 10:44 AM

I've always been a fan of Smith, I just like the way he plays. He takes risks, and is a "crap" (to keep things PG  :))  disturber, just like Tatar. Opposing players need to be watching him when he's on the ice due to his speed. However, I'll be the first to admit that can lead to turnovers. But no risk, no reward.

#2643879 First time visit - parking

Posted by Barrie on 21 December 2015 - 06:39 PM

Hey RedNed, I'm glad you had a great time, and everything went smooth.

#2642272 First time visit - parking

Posted by Barrie on 11 December 2015 - 03:32 PM


Thanks. I'm in the US (Washington DC area) and was thinking of parking in Windsor (at our hotel if we stay there) and then getting the Tunnel Bus over to Detroit and back again after the game but, from what you're saying, that sounds like it might be a bad idea.  Our final destination is London, Ontario and it seems silly to do 3 border crossings when we could just go straight to Detroit for the game and then cross into Windsor once afterwards.


Any idea what the tunnel will be like after the game? Would it be better to cross over the bridge instead?


It depends where you're hotel is, but take the tunnel if you're staying downtown, it's only a few minutes from The Joe. The bridge is about 10 minutes away. It takes about 15 minutes to get through the tunnel after the game.

#2642024 First time visit - parking

Posted by Barrie on 10 December 2015 - 04:59 PM


They definitely allow you to go down to the glass and watch the players shoot around. Even if you're upper bowl.  It's awesome watching the players come out of the tunnel and shoot puck around and do some mini drills. 


I second that. One of the times I was at The Joe, my friend and I were in the last row of the area, right in front of the owner's box. We got their early, found our seats, and decided to go down for warm ups. We got to the bottom of the stairs of the upper bowl, the usher said to us, "Are you guys going down for warm ups?". We said yes, then she said, "Go that way, it's faster" :)


That was in 2005-06, Yzerman's last year. I remember Yzerman at one point was stretching right in front of us, I thought to myself, "Yzerman is right there". Just then my friend elbows me, points to Stevie, and says, "Yzerman is right there!" :lol:


Great memory!